Police Officer Hiring Process

Applicants must meet the following qualifications:

Starting Salary

$61,408.70 - $63,632.52 depending on education level.

Lateral Entry $68,981.23 - $86,015.16 depending on prior years of service

Plus, subsequent increases and benefits

The City of Quincy is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Quincy Police Department is a Veteran’s OJT Facility. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. The Quincy Police Department has lateral entry for active full-time law enforcement officers. Starting salary for lateral entry officers will be based on the officer’s level of experience up to 5 years.


Quincy police officers are allowed to reside within a 40-mile radius of Quincy city hall, which includes the states of Missouri and Iowa, in addition to Illinois.

Police Officer Hours, Vacation and Uniforms

12 hour shifts mean you get every other weekend off. Officers receive 16 twelve-hour vacation days upon completing one year of service. Additional time off in duty reduction time and compensatory time is available. All uniforms and equipment are provided at no cost.


Testing for non-lateral entry applicants will be on Saturday, August 17, 2024. The physical agility demonstration will begin at 9:00 a.m. Applicants should report to Flinn Memorial Stadium, 4400 Maine Street. The written test will be held at 1:00 p.m. at the Quincy Regional Training Facility, 1900 Seminary Road. Parking is available on the east and west side of the building. 

Police Aptitude and Character Test

Applicants may order the Police Aptitude and Character Test, PACT Candidate Orientation Guide. The PACT Candidate Orientation Guide is a helpful tool to prepare for the exam and can be downloaded as a PDF file and saved or printed. Please read through the disclaimer on the order page in order to have a successful download. The guide cost is $15. one-time use payment. Payments will be submitted through PayPal via an account or credit/debit card. Once payment is submitted, PayPal automatically redirects you back to the FPSI site where access to the download link will be located on the Order Details-Checkout Status page. Applicants must pay close attention to ALL instructions on both FPSI and PayPal’s websites in order to access the instant download successfully.

As an applicant, you agree to and understand the following:

  1. The City of Quincy is an equal opportunity employer. Pursuant to law, discrimination because of race, color, religion, national origin, physical or mental handicap, or status as a disabled veteran or veteran of the Vietnam era is
    prohibited. If you believe you have been discriminated against, you are encouraged to contact the City’s Human Resources Director or you may notify the appropriate federal or state agencies.
  2. You must meet minimum/maximum age requirements of applicable laws.
  3. Your eligibility for a City of Quincy Police pension is based on the requirements set forth by the Police Pension Board, the provisions of which will be provided to you upon your employment.
  4. **No record of conviction of a felony or misdemeanors as identified in the Illinois Police Training Act (50 ILCS 705 et seq.), or a crime involving moral turpitude.
  5. Non-lateral entry candidates who attain a passing score of 70% or more on the written test will be scheduled for an interview with the Fire and Police Commissioners. The candidates chosen from the interviews will be placed on the
    department’s pool of eligible candidates. Candidates on this list, as well as Lateral Entry candidates, will be required to complete a background investigation packet.
  6. The City of Quincy shall conduct investigations, including verifications of prior employment history, criminal and driving records, education and personal and business references. By signing the application, you indicate your awareness that false statements or failure to disclose information may be sufficient to disqualify you for employment, or if employed, may result in your dismissal.
  7. The Board of Fire and Police Commission of the City of Quincy reserves the right to conduct such additional testing as it sees fit to qualify applicants for employment.

Job Application

A job application can be submitted online or downloaded below and delivered to the Quincy Police Department, 530 Broadway, Quincy, IL 62301 anytime, or at Quincy City Hall, 730 Maine Street, Quincy, Illinois, 62301, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The application must be returned to the Board of Fire and Police Commission, 730 Maine Street, Quincy, Illinois, 62301 or emailed below, no later than 4:30 p.m. on Friday, July 26, 2024.

If you have any questions, contact the Fire and Police Commission by email fire&[email protected] or by phone 217-228-7700, or call the Quincy Police Department at 217-228-4470.

Lateral Entry

Lateral entry applicants are those individuals who are currently employed as a full-time "peace officer" with another law enforcement agency - corrections officers and probation officers are not eligible for lateral entry - and:

  • Have a minimum of two years of experience in law enforcement.
  • Have successfully completed a probationary period with their current agency.
  • Prior to being hired, all applicants must successfully complete the following tests: psychological, polygraph, medical examination, and drug screening.